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Sacramento Interior Designer Offers 5 Secrets to Maximizing Kitchen Space

02/24/2016 09:15AM ● By David Norby

We can all agree that—like most trends—some design styles come and go quicker than others. However, there has been a new trend with homeowners and renters looking to downsize, or maintain their small spaces. If this is you, it’s important to know how to decorate these tight areas and utilize the square footage you do have for necessary parts of your life like storage and space for working, cleaning and cooking. Below we’ve chosen some of our favorite ways to maximize kitchen space without sacrificing style.

1 / Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to visually expand your kitchen space. With bouncing reflection, your square footage extends, especially when placed near great natural light and a bright color palette. Incorporate mirrors of different sizes and styles for added dimension and interest. Insider tip: Add mirrored backsplash for a truly stylish and reflective kitchen design.

2 / Statement Pieces

We all know the rule that states you can’t have oversized pieces in small spaces because it could aesthetically congest the room. Time to throw that rule out the window and bring in a great piece of statement art—your favorite print, a lighting fixture, or even a large piece of furniture. Strategically place the statement piece so that it doesn’t block walkways or work areas. The right selection can be the difference between pretty plain and perfectly playful. 

 3 / Lighting

Darkness is the aesthetic enemy of small spaces. A dim light makes your tiny townhome seem even more miniature. Instead, add as much light as you possibly can. Choose wall sconces, overhead lighting and floor lamps to instantly liven up the area near your kitchen with an open and airy vibe. Another great way to keep the room light and bright is to choose a color palette that is clean and crisp. White and gray are always a great go-to for the kitchen area, especially one that’s tinier than most.

4 / Windows

Don’t we all want a 12-foot ceiling with sky-high windows? While we might not be able to move into a castle any time soon, we can play around with window treatments to pretend our ceilings are limitless. Fake a heightened space by manipulating your window treatment: hang the curtain rod higher than the window’s dimensions, choose long, flowing fabrics for your curtains, and keep clutter away from the window sill. 

5 / Multipurpose Furnishings

Small spaces need great storage solutions. With limited options, you have to get creative. We suggest looking for furniture pieces with multiple uses. In the kitchen, consider an island with hooks, drawers and shelves for optimal storage. If you have the floor space, opt for a stylish banquette with drawers or a flip top for extra storage. If you have the wall space, add shelves and cabinets for dishes, linens and knick-knacks you don’t necessarily want to display on your counter.

 Kerrie L. Kelly is an award-winning interior designer, author and multimedia consultant. She has authored two books: ‘Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide,’ published by Oxmoor House, and ‘My Interior Design Kit,’ with Pearson Professional and Career Education. To contact her, visit or call 916-706-2089.
Top photo courtesy of Black Millwork Cabinetry. Bottom photo © ratatosk/ Kerrie L. Kelly photo by Dante Fontana.

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